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Team London Skill-UP

The Team London Skill-UP programme matches skilled business volunteers with staff from small charities to help them develop their skills and become more efficient in their roles.

Skills gaps can be a problem for London's small charities - which make up 96 per cent of the sector. Staff often work in small teams multitasking different areas of expertise, such as finance, HR and communications. But it is not possible to be an expert in all these roles; charities need external support, advice and training to support their staff. That’s where Skill-UP helps.

Team London Skill-UP works in partnership with specialist businesses whose staff volunteer their time to develop and deliver training courses to small charities. This allows the organisations to be as effective and efficient as possible and have an even greater impact on London’s communities.

The programme is unique as it offers high-quality free training combined with post-training support to ensure that the learning is integrated into the daily running of the organisation. This support will be mentoring or online support.

Team London Skill-UP modules:

Human Resources by CIPD An overview of the employee lifecycle; including recruitment, performance management and development. Preparing you for a productive relationship with you and your CIPD mentor – typically a minimum of 6 months
Finance by Citi An overview of everything you need to know to keep your charity’s finances in order. Includes twelve months mentoring (a full financial cycle). 
Communications and PR by Portland How to communicate in the right way to the right people by creating bespoke strategy for your charity. Includes six months mentoring.
Social Media by Twitter Providing tips and guidance on how to run campaigns on Twitter. Follow up training consists of a live Q&A Twitter session for two months after the training.
Strategy and Business Planning by Elixirr Helping you to articulate your goals and providing practical tools and advice on how you are going to achieve them. Includes access to a mentor for up to six months. 

Working with Businesses and Partnerships by Natixis Global Asset Management

An overview of how to prepare your organisation for a potential business/charity partnership. Includes a practice pitch session at a City office.  
Digital Upskilling by Microsoft Helping to improve your basic digital knowledge and understanding of the positive impact that technology can have on your organisation. Includes access to a mentor for up to six months, guidance and support

Dates, times & applications

​​​​​​To participate, organisations should be:

  • advertising volunteer roles on the Team London website
  • a small charity, or non-profit with an income of under 1.5m per annum
  • prepared to participate in the post-training mentoring provided by the employee volunteer
  • prepared to share regular feedback to Team London and provide a case study

Small charities are the unsung heroes in many local communities, making an incredible difference to people’s lives. This is an important opportunity to connect with them and support the vital work they do. If we can help make their jobs easier by sharing the skills and expertise of our employees, it frees them up to do what they do best – provide much needed services and support to those in need. James Bardrick, Citi.

Team London Skill-UP partners

Team London Skill-UP is made possible thanks to the generous support from:

Module dates & applications
Module Date Time Location Application
Twitter 19 April 2018 15.30-17.00 Piccadilly Circus Apply by 13 April 
CIPD 24 May 2018 09.30-15.30 Victoria Apply by 4 May

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